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Government confirms First Communion grant cancellation

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 11/04/2013. Government confirms First Communion grant cancellationTags: Parenting Parenting Kids

Thousand of families in Ireland could be affected after the government revealed it is to put a stop on First Communion grants.

It has been confirmed by the Department of Social Protection that exceptional needs payments (ENPs) will no longer be made for religious ceremonies in 2013, the Irish Independent reports.

The news comes after a review into the matter suggested ENPs should only be paid with regard to financial need, with the department stating: "For 2013 it is recommended that payment of the allowance specifically in respect of religious ceremonies will cease."

While 2011 saw 14,000 families receiving more than €3.4 million in communion and confirmation grants, this fell to 12,500 families benefiting from €1.5 million in 2012.

The department explained it will offer funding for child and adult clothing in exceptional circumstances as and when required, although normal social welfare payments should be used to meet clothing costs in most cases.

Written by Donal Walsh


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